Fifa 2011 Women's World Cup: USA move into quarters, Sweden edge out North Korea

The Americans ran out comfortable winners to secure their berth in the last eight of the competition, while the Scandinavians stayed in the race for top spot in the group
Group C

USA 3-0 Colombia

As expected, the United States have progressed smoothly into the quarter-finals after a convincing 3-0 victory over Colombia, in which they were never really troubled by their opponents.

The Americans opened the scoring in stunning style after 12 minutes when Heather O'Reilly punished the Colombians for losing possession just outside their own penalty box with a terrific strike into the top corner.

USA went from strength to strength and added a second five minutes after the resumption when substitute Megan Rapinoe made no mistake following good work from Lauren Cheney.

The icing on the cake came on 57 minutes with another goal from distance, this time coming courtesy of Carli Lloyd.

In truth, the joint second favourites for the tournament could have won by more goals, such was their superiority but a series of wasted opportunities kept the score down to just three.

North Korea 0-1 Sweden

Sweden kept themselves in the race for top spot in the group with a narrow 1-0 victory over North Korea in a tight encounter.

The Nordic side created the lion's share of the chances before the break but with just two shots on target combined, the finishing would have to be better in the second-half in order to force a breakthrough.

Lisa Dahlkvist proved to be the hero for the Swedes with the only goal of the game in the 64th minute. She capped an impressive performance by netting from close range after being set up by Therese Sjogran.

The North Koreans to their credit produced a late surge as they went in search of an equaliser but despite a few close calls, the Swedes hung on for the three points.

The win came at a price, as player of the match Caroline Seger picked up a second booking of the tournament. This means she will be suspended for the final group match against the United States. 

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